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Detailed in a letter from the General to his officers during the war, Washington’s recipe employed molasses to aid fermentation and give rich caramel notes to this robust, roasty ale. The recipe reflected his admiration for Philadelphia-style porters, especially those brewed by Robert Hare (whose original brewery stood just blocks from where ours is now). Our Tavern Porter, inspired by Washington’s, is dark, smooth, and complex with just a hint of dried fruit in the finish


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2372) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Thin head which dissipates quickly. Light carbonation. Candy sweet tart aroma, with some roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Color is a dark ruddy brown. Flavor is nice and roasty with a bit of hop bitterness in there also. Pretty clean and smooth but a little weak in the flavor. Finish is clean with very little aftertaste. An ok porter but could use a little more body and distinctive flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Thick and creamy pour...head wa inches tall and held its shape as it dropped down. Taste was the same...rich and creamy, with a nice balance of malts and the molasses. No aftertaste...a great beer to sit in front of the fireplace with.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This pours out a reddish-brown color that lets some light through and has about an inch of light tan head that quickly dies down to a cap of bubbles. Leaves a good bit of lacing rings around the glass that sticks around for a while. Smells more of a brown ale then your typical porter, with slightly sweet malts coming though with light scents of coffee and chocolate. Sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness are the main factors in the taste with a good amount of hops as well. Overall a very mild taste and smell. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but well carbonated and the drinkability is not hindered by any taste of alcohol. This is a decent beer that seems more of a hybrid of a porter and brown ale that is a little too light on the flavor for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
very sweet, nutty, toasted grain flavors, carmel, very sour finish, sour overal for a porter, wich confuses me

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
jgb9348 (4709) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Real hazy/muddy burgundy/brown coloured body with almost no head at all! Aroma of grapes, malt, raisins and some caster sugar. Medium-bodied; Roasty malt taste, fairly watery with some mild sweetness and a metallic bitterness. Aftertaste shows some lingering alcohol behind with unpleasant maltiness. Overall, not a good beer, but worth trying! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 27-September-2004.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1417) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Medium brown color with a nicely retained tan colored head. Aroma is smokey bacon with good maltiness. Flavor is even better with excellent balance between the malt and hops. This may not be a great porter, but it is a good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pjk33 (389) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Bottle. Pours nice dark red copper but I can still see through the bottom of the brew in the glass. Head is gone almost immediately. Nose is malty, molasses, and smells sweet. Semi-full body with nice sturdy carbonation and a slightly UK hop finish (Kent Goldings?). Slightly bitter porter with a good malt/sweet finish to balance the hop. Not a bad brew, but can’t match the big boy porters with this one.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
12 oz. bottle. After hearing rave reviews about this porter, I am extremely disappointed in it. Pours a mahogany color that you can barely see through. Large medium tan head; nice lacing. Weak aroma of roasted nuts and a bit of coffee. Very malty flavor with a tart kick....you can definitely taste the alcohol, which should be better masked by a darker beer like this. Medium-bodied. Gross, tangy, bitter aftertaste. I expected this beer to be much better.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 27, 2004
Very dark, cola like body with a ring of white bubbles. Smells richly of chocolate, roasted malts, apples (acidic/sour), sugars and also smoke. Taste is big and sweet chocolate with roasted hops, alcohol, soured milk, and raisins. Ending is dominated by very harsh hops.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
Deep brown to ruby color with a moderate cream head. Aroma of dark chocolate and molasses, some burnt notes. Flavor of chocolate, coffee, molasses. Not bad.


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